Week 17 Running Backs – Rankings Analysis
Bilal Powell is my #4 RB here against a #8 consensus, as he’s clearly locked into a starting role against a Bills team that very well may implode like a dying star without the Ryans at the helm. Buffalo won’t be starting Tyrod Taylor and that taint of giving up may trickle down to the defense. Honestly, it will most likely permeate the whole team. If Matt Forte plays, then Powell is obviously downgraded. However, there’s little reason for him to suit up here.
Jordan Howard is coming off of a 128-yard effort against Washington in Week 16, which is certainly solid, but he did fuel that with some garbage-time love and also wasn’t in on a goal-line carry that he ceded to Jeremy Langford. Now Howard and the Bears have to travel to Minnesota and take on a Vikings defense that just got its butt handed to it by Green Bay. With the reports of mutiny allegedly quelled for now, look for the Vikings’ defense to end their season on a high note with a statement game to restore their early-season reputation.
Speaking of the Vikings, Jerick McKinnon (#19 vs. #25) out-touched Matt Asiata (#39 vs. #47) 16-to-9 in Week 16 against the Packers, but both of them should be in line to succeed against a Bears team that has folded in on itself. Suffering a myriad of injuries to their defense, including their nose tackle Eddie Goldman who anchors the rush defense, the Vikes should able to do as they please here.
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